UPDATED JUL 7, 2013 5:09 AM ET

Chris Weidman sent a shock wave through mixed martial arts, stopping Anderson Silva in the second round of the main event at UFC 162 to become the new middleweight champion on Saturday night.

Silva talked, taunted and dared Weidman to engage him. When the champion lowered his hands early in the second round, Weidman caught him with a short left that sent the MMA star to the mat. Weidman pounced and landed a few more shots that forced referee Herb Dean to stop the fight at 1:18.

“I felt destined for this,” Weidman said. “It was far-fetched, but I imagined it so many times before in my head.”

The win put an end to Silva’s nearly seven-year reign atop the UFC middleweight division and his 17-fight win streak.

“I worked for this fight, Chris Weidman is the best now. He is the champion,” Silva said. “I’ve had the belt for a long time. I’m tired.”

The former champion fell to 33-5 with the loss.

“(Silva) was an idol of mine. I didn’t want to mention it in the camp,” said Weidman (10-0), who earned knockout of the night award. “I looked up to him for many years.”

In the co-main event in front of a capacity crowd at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar outwrestled and outstruck Charles Oliveira to get the win by unanimous decision.

Fighting in his first non-title fight in more than 3 years, Edgar looked sharp and utilized excellent footwork to avoid Oliveira. The first two rounds were close, but the third saw Edgar land a number of clean power punches and pull away for the win.

“I thought I had him hurt in the third, but he showed some toughness,” said Edgar, who improved to 15-4-1 and placed himself in title contention with the win. Oliveira fell to 16-4.

On the main card, Mark Munoz and Tim Kennedy each earned unanimous decision victories and Cub Swanson bested Dennis Siver in a battle of highly ranked featherweights with a third round TKO.

Rematch? Could come Dec 28th 

By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – July 9, 2013

Anderson Silva isn’t ready for a rematch with new UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, and UFC president Dana White seems content to bide his time before booking Weidman-Silva II.
“This is going to be the biggest fight in UFC history,” White told the Los Angeles Times.
Some consideration was given to anchoring the Dec. 28 UFC card in Las Vegas with the rematch of Saturday’s surprising upset in which Weidman knocked out Silva to end his unblemished 16-0 record and 10 match run as UFC middleweight champ.
White said he’s weighing options with the late December card already listing women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey as the main event. If that fight shifts to the Super Bowl weekend event on FOX, it could be replaced by Weidman’s first title defense.
“If Chris Weidman came out and beat the heck out of Anderson Silva, and people were saying Anderson looked 38, that’d be one thing,” White said of Saturday’s fight. “But Anderson escaped Chris’ clutch on the ground, and just got caught. No one thought Chris would in by a knockout. I can’t wait for the rematch.”
Silva, 38, said Saturday he wasn’t ready to make his next move. He planned to spend time with his family and then make a decision about his future.
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